Alabama Woman Struck by Truck in Pensacola, Florida
PENSACOLA, FL- Weartv.com writes that a collision between a truck and pedestrian is now under investigation. The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the incident earlier this week. The victim, a woman from Foley, Alabama, was hit by a Chevrolet truck and then transported to the Sacred Heart Hospital where she was being treated for critical injuries.*
The accident happened on Pensacola Boulevard close to Kenmore Road.
Pedestrian accidents are becoming increasingly common in the United States with the National Transportation Safety Board providing that nationwide deaths are at their highest level since 1990.
The statistics in Florida have been described as "gruesome," where 652 pedestrians were killed in the state in 2016. When accounting for population size, the Sunshine State has a much higher rate of pedestrian deaths than the national average.
The bulk of pedestrian fatalities occur after dark. Visibility is often a factor in these accidents as pedestrians are difficult to see in the dark. One possible way to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths is to develop better headlights for vehicles. Proposed “adaptive” headlights could illuminate and even “bend” into areas current headlights cannot see. This could help drivers avoid pedestrians and start to lower the number of pedestrian accidents that take place every year.
While vehicles have become better at protecting occupants in recent years, they have, in many ways, failed to protect pedestrians. With the development of pedestrian detecting technology and improved headlights, manufacturers could start making the road safer for everyone.
Better designed intersections and improved lighting in areas with heavy foot traffic could also help improve pedestrian safety. Of course, drivers and pedestrians also have the responsibility to remain alert.
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